Nov. 7, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team played their final exhibition game and earned a 64-33 win against the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves, on Wednesday night, in Laramie.
"I thought the difference in the basketball game tonight was our play defensively," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We really got after them, shut down some passing lanes and created some steals which led to easy baskets. That was a key because we didn't shoot the ball particularly well from the perimeter. Defensively, it was an extremely well played game."
Three players finished the night in double-figures for the Cowgirls led by sophomore Aubrey Vandiver. She finished with a team leading 17 points, along with eight rebounds in 22 minutes of play. Jodi Bolerjack and Dominique Sisk both finished with 11 points, while Jade Kennedy and Hanna Zavecz each had nine points. Justyna Podziemska led the way with a team high ten rebounds. As a team, Wyoming shot 24-57 (.421) from the field and out rebounded the ThunderWolves 55-38.
CSU-Pueblo was led by Danielle Pritchett who had eight points and four rebounds. She was followed by Mary Rehfeld with six points. Sarah Staggs was the leading rebounder with seven. They were 11-61 (.180) from the field and 2-21 (.095) from beyond the arc.
It was all Cowgirls to begin the game as they built up a 16-0 lead. The ThunderWolves went over seven minutes with scoring until a Pritchett basket broke the drought. Both teams hit a little bit of a scoring slump as they went three minutes with out a basket until a 5-2 run by CSU-Pueblo made the score 18-7. Wyoming responded with a 16-2 scoring run to extend the lead to 15 points, 34-9. The ThunderWolves finally broke double figures at the 1:45 minute mark, but he Cowgirls till took a 36-13 lead in to the locker room.
Bolerjack and Zavecz led all scorers in the half with nine, while Vandiver chipped in eight. Wyoming shot 13-31 (.419) from the field and 8-12 (.667) from the free throw line.
CSU-Pueblo was led by Pritchett with four points, while Rehfeld had three. The ThunderWolves were 5-31 (.161) from the field and 1-9 (.111) from beyond the arc.
Both teams struggled offensively out of the halftime break as they combined for just four points in the first five minutes. After two CSU-Pueblo free throws, Wyoming went on a 6-3 run to make the score 46-20. It was several minutes before either team scored until the Cowgirls went on another 10-0 run while the ThunderWolves went another seven minutes without a basket which made it 55-20. The game was never close as Wyoming went on to the 64-33 victory.
Wyoming will open up regular season play on Friday, November 9 against the Idaho State Bengals. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m., and the Cowgirls will also unveil their 2007 WNIT Postseason Championship banner beforehand.